Tuesday November 4th, 2008. Doomsday... wait... I mean... Election Day.
Whether you are voting for McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden, it is important that you get out and vote today. Take time to pause (I almost wrote shut off, but we all know that does not happen often) your Xbox, PlayStation, or Wii, and run out to vote. Most places may only take a few minutes. Just pick a time that isn't lunch time or rush hour and you should be fine. Many of you may have even voted early using various venues open this year.
This election has been going on for roughly two years now in some respects, with various campaigning efforts. Tomorrow night this phase closes and the next begins. I was joking with a friend the other day that TV stations wont know what to fill their commercial time with because there won't be all the slanderous commercials that usually fill the airwaves.
So, because this campaign has been so heavy and so many things have been run over time and time again, I have frantically sought out some interesting facts about past presidents or elections.
Interesting fact #1: Texas gave Ralph Nader the 3rd highest popular vote count of any US state during the 2000 election.
Interesting fact #2: Salmon P. Chase is on the 10,000 dollar bill. I didn't even know there was a 10,000 dollar bill, let alone who is Salmon Chase? He ran against Lincoln for the Republican nomination in 1864 but lost.
Interesting fact #3: Franklin D. Roosevelt has received the most electoral votes ever in an election with 1,876.
Interesting fact #4: George W. Bush had 557.
Interesting fact #5: Richard Nixon has the most popular votes in an election with 112.6 million.
Interesting fact #6: Thomas Jefferson may have had several children with one of his slaves. Interestingly enough, most of her children were born about the right time after each of his visits to Monticello
Interesting fact #7: Zachary Taylor had the nickname Old Rough and Ready. He was the 12th president of the US.
Interesting fact #8: George Washington cut down a cherry tree in his dad's yard. At least that's what stories say, though there isn't any evidence to show it.
Interesting fact #9: McCain crashed enough planes in his training years that he should have never been allowed to fly in Vietnam. What would he be like today?
Interesting fact #10: Obama was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. That was in 1990 and was his first push into national fame.
Get out and vote gamers. This one is important.